Natura invested $6.4 mn to renovate innovation center

Natura has inaugurated a renovated innovation center in São Paulo. Ready since March, the technological complex has designed to improve the efficiency of studies. The company estimates that researchers will spend 40% less time on screening processes. Natura invested R$35 million ($6.4 mm) to renovate the facility and says it injects 2.4% of net income on innovation every year.

Source: Valor International

Urca Group will have 5 MW plant for distributed generation in landfill sites

The largest landfill in Latin America will gain a biogas generating plant in 2021. The plant will be built by EVA, the renewable energy generation company of the Urca Energia Group, and is expected to begin operating in May 2021. The agreement also includes the sale of 50,000 m3/day of biomethane and the contracts are already closed and will last at least seven years.

Source: Energia Hoje

Startup produces biodegradable cups and packaging made of cassava

Sustainable consumption is among the top three factors in purchasing decisions for a third of Brazilians. The packaging is the creation of a São Paulo startup that uses for its production a very Brazilian ingredient: Cassava. The factory uses the starch from manioc brava, which is not fit for human consumption, in its production, transforming the starch into a 100% ecological packaging.

Source: G1

Embraer and EDP Brazil enter into a partnership for an electric airplane

Embraer and EDP Brasil announced a partnership for electric aircraft research, with the energy company making a contribution for the acquisition of the technology solution for energy storage and recharging the 100% electric propulsion aircraft. The prototype, an EMB-203 Ipanema, is already under development and has the first flight scheduled for 2021.

Source: Agencia Estado

RenovaBio reaches 15 million CBios; distributors bought 56% of the target

The Renovabio programme, which sets targets for decarbonisation in fuel distribution, has reached the mark of 15 million validated decarbonisation credits (CBios), the ANP reported. That amount guarantees the availability of CBios for total compliance with the target of 14.9 million credits established by the government for 2019 and 2020.

Source: Money Times

Santander Brazil now offers special financing for electric vehicles

Santander Brasil announced special conditions for financing hybrid and electric cars in the country, together with its online classified vehicle portal Webmotors. The financing division of the institution will offer rates starting at 0.77% per month for purchases of these cars, with payment plans of 24 to 60 instalments, the bank said.

Source: Noticias Agricolas

EDP partners with Graal network to install 8 vehicle charging stations

The EDP group has signed a partnership with the Graal network to install eight recharge points for electric vehicles in the State of São Paulo. The “electropoints” operation will start in the first months of 2021. The aim of the two companies is to take the lead in a market that is set to soar in the coming years, with the advance of electric cars in Brazil.

Source: Isto É